Monday, 14 December 2015 09:12

Deck Your Containers With Holiday Cheer

Do you have 30 minutes and some seasonal greenery? Kim Gamel, a Houzz.com contributor, says you can put together festive garden pots to last through winter.  Instead of emptying your pots and hoping for an early spring, create a holiday arrangement that can add a bit of cheer through even the dreariest of months. Using natural winter greens and branches, you can create a lively splash of green in an otherwise empty container.

Follow this simple guide from Kim Gamel to create an arrangement that’ll last through the holidays and winter.  See and read more:

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/5528439?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u2207&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery19


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During the holidays, natural materials and homemade decorations can make a celebration feel more festive and authentic, but they can also be a lot of work to produce. Instead of taking on the burden yourself, turn some of the decorating into the party itself, says Houzz Editorial Staff member, Annie Thorton.  Thorton suggests to gather with a few friends around the dinner table, sipping something delicious, and follow along as Rhiannon Smith from San Francisco’s Farmgirl Flowers shows us how to create a high-drama centerpiece for a winter fete using flowers, fruit and foliage in reds, pinks, golds and greens to form a colorful runner for a special winter celebration.   

Here are the step by step directions:

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/57002995?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u2200&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery3


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Monday, 07 December 2015 09:43

10 Dazzling Winter Container Designs

With your summer container gardens no doubt long past their prime and the winter holidays fast approaching, it’s the perfect time to spruce up your containers with some holiday cheer.  From simple to ornate, here are 10 dazzling ways to add a touch of color and sparkle to your home’s exterior this winter.  Get ideas and inspired by these festive arrangements in outdoor pots and planters by Courtney Olander, a Houzz Contributor.

Read and see more: 

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/51541823?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u2177&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery13


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Wednesday, 02 December 2015 10:25

December Home Checklist To-Do's

Get organized for the holidays, and prep your home and yard for winter storms says Laura Gaskill, a Houzz.com contributor.  Here are 11 to-do's for the month of December from Gaskill and houzz.com: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/56228221?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u2158&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery0

 

For more of Laura Gaskill's ideas visit: http://www.lauragaskill.com

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Monday, 30 November 2015 10:44

Chicago Botanic Garden - Wonderland Express

The Chicago Botanic Garden is a Schmechtig favorite and Wonderland Express is open for this holiday season.

Consider going this year to one of the Chicago area's top holiday family-friendly, made-for-memories experience.

Here are the latest reviews:

TripAdvisor.com: 5 star rating “Don’t miss!”
Chicago magazine: “The warmest kind of holiday fun.”
Examiner.com: “A magical adventure!”
WMAQ-TV: “Fun for the whole family.”

Enjoy the amazing exhibition of miniature trains as it winds over bridges, under trestles and through mini-replicas of Chicago's favorite landmarks.

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HGTV's Schmechtig Landscapes Project, Schaumburg, Illinois

 

Homeowners have an appreciation for special and distinguishing design features to make their home a unique and complete living environment. By unifying the interior and exterior spaces of your home you create a total coordinated environment calling you to enjoy yourself both inside and out. Knowing and understanding the power of design, interior professionals and landscape architects/designers, work together to arrange the fundamental points that are visible from the doors and windows of your home to extend the interior design through to your exterior spaces, providing you a total and inviting living experience.  At Schmechtig, we call this InEx-teriors  and we introduced this to our clients in 2009.  Chicago's Merchandise Mart invited us to utilize this concept and be the first landscape company to design the outdoor space for its 2010 DreamHome.  By incorporating colors and textures, furniture, fabrics, lighting, water features, art, container pots, accessories, etc. your landscape becomes an extension of your home, not just an accent.

 

Today, there is value in taking a home's interior design style to the outside. Traditional furnishings, artwork, rugs and decorative containers appear as part of the new outdoor rooms. Kitchens, firepits and fireplaces along with water features are key elements for the outdoor living space. Fountains and ponds bring the soothing sound of water into any space.

 

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Outdoor Fountain -  Barrington Hills, Schmechtig Landscapes

Water works magic providing a focal point and relaxing rhythm. Moving water provides delightful background music and masks the noises associated with living our busy lives.  Outdoor fireplace's or firepits extend outdoor living spaces late into the fall and even winter blending seamlessly with the home and landscape.

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Fire Pit Idea Long Grove, Illinois, Schmechtig Landscapes

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Open up to outdoor living with 8 garden shade strategies says Courtney Olander, a Houzz Contributor. Courtney continues, maximize your outdoor time this summer by incorporating shade into your garden. Not only does shade make an outdoor space more comfortable, it also protects from the sun’s harsh rays.   Designing for shade also incorporates an often overlooked element of landscape design: the ceiling plane. No matter how solid, transparent, large or small, a ceiling plane helps to create a sense of enclosure, intimacy and privacy. Here are eight ways to add shade to your garden this summer. Read and see more:

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/31816012/list/seek-shelter-in-the-shade-this-summer

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Patio Shade - Umbrella Glencoe, Illinois, Schmechtig Landscapes

 

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Landscape Design Creating Shade with Pergola and Ivy, Winnetka, Illinois Schmechtig Landscapes

 

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Landscape Design Creating Shade with Pergola and Ivy, Winnetka, Illinois Schmechtig Landscapes

 

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HGTV Landscape Design, Schmechtig Landscapes, Pergola Shade Feature

 

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Glencoe Patio with Umbrella Shade Feature, Schmechtig Landscapes

 

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Landscape Design Schmechtig Landscapes in Winnetka, Illinois  Outdoor Living Rooms - Patio, Outdoor Kitchen, and Pool

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Tuesday, 28 July 2015 08:32

Plant or Insect

Is this a plant or insect?  A spectacular photo "This mantis looks just like flower it sits on, its color almost a perfect match to the purple orchid. At a glance, the insect in the Borneo rainforest in Malaysia appears to be part of a plant, but it's simply using clever camouflage to hide from hungry predators."  from msn.com.  Here's the link to see more incredible photo's by Thomas Marent: http://www.thomasmarent.com/galleries/insects.html

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Here are 10 fountain projects for your home: http://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/diy/10-diy-fountains-that-will-renew-your-yard-and-your-soul/ss-AAcLZ63?ocid=DELLDHP#image=1  Courtesy of msn.com's lifestyle home and garden section.


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Fountain Design, Schmechtig Landscapes, Barrington Hills, Illinois

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When the flowers fade, these leaves keep the garden looking good, says Benjamin Vogt, a Houzz Contributor.  He continues, native flowers are a celebration of living — they feed pollinators with nectar and pollen as well as other wildlife with seeds, and their leaves are used by caterpillars, bees and all sorts of other creatures. What’s good for nature is good for us, too, as we design gardens that are visually pleasing and welcoming to all. Here’s a list of native wildflowers from Vogt with unique foliage to spruce up your garden after the blooms have faded. Read More: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/50572792?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u1481&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery16

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Schmechtig Landscapes, Lake Bluff Garden with Wildflowers

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